'East Coast Rapist' Indicted on 54 Counts in Prince George's County

Aaron Thomas faces a total of 54 charges in the county

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013  |  Updated 4:38 PM EDT
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Suspected East Coast Rapist Does Not Enter Expected Plea Deal

The man dubbed the East Coast Rapist was expected to enter a plea Tuesday, but in a Prince William County courtroom, Aaron Thomas expressed hesitation. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey explains what happens next.
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The man known as the East Coast Rapist was indicted Tuesday on six counts of first-degree rape and multiple related charges in Prince George's County.

Aaron Thomas is accused of raping and kidnapping six women in the county between February 1997 and August 2001. He faces a total of 54 charges there, including first-degree sex offense, theft, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Thomas is already serving five life sentences plus 80 years for charges stemming from a May 2001 rape and abduction at a Leesburg, Va., apartment complex and a Halloween 2009 attack on three teenagers who had gone out trick-or-treating in Prince William County.

"While we know that Mr. Thomas will spend the rest of his life in prison for his crimes, it is important that we prosecute him for the attacks he committed in our county, so these six victims can receive justice and closure from this terrible incident in their lives," said Prince George's County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks in a statement.

Thomas has admitted to raping several women from Rhode Island to Virginia over the course of two decades. He was arrested in Connecticut in March 2011 and was later extradited to Virginia.

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